[Autom. eng. transl.] Illusion is to see a world in place of simple images on the screen: feeling inside it, participating in what happens to you, sharing perspectives and emotions with the subjects that live there, in an intermediate condition between abandonment and self-presence, adhesion and awareness . An illusion is to live an experience, therefore: vicarious, projective, imaginary; and yet real, direct, personal, to the point that we derive from it not only pleasure, but also important symbolic resources for the construction of our identity. For over eighty years this experience has been at the heart of modern entertainment: going through a large part of film and television production, it has progressively renewed itself in form, adapting to the spirit of the times; but it has preserved its nature and has maintained an absolute centrality in the practices of cultural production and in the media diets of the spectators. The volume, following the evolution of the illusion from classic American cinema to contemporary TV series, analyzes the textual strategies and forms of fruition that characterize it, with persistence, but also the most significant mutations. Moreover, it questions the role that the illusion can have today, given the transformations brought about by technologies and digital media and, more generally, by reason of the cultural changes introduced by the postmodern mentality. The path, which winds between theoretical reflection, analysis of texts and professional experience, is enriched by precious contributions by Dario Argento, Bernardo Bertolucci, Gabriele Muccino, Ferzan Ozpetek, Ettore Scola and Giuseppe Tornatore.
|Translated title of the contribution||[Autom. eng. transl.] The difficult illusion. Cinema and TV series in the age of disillusionment|
|Number of pages||320|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|